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Time off from exercise

I've been a heavy exerciser for the past 3-4 months, working out 6 days/10-15 hours a week. I'm thinking of taking a 4 to 7 day break from exercise completely, just taking walks because it's a beautiful day rather than to burn an extra 200 calories.

I know others have done this and it had a positive effect on their weight and overall fitness level. If anyone knows why this works or can post a link to an article about this sort of thing, I'd really appreciate it.


Wed. Apr 19, 11:22am

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I was doing the same over the winter, even working out if I felt very tired or sore. I started taking one morning off, getting some extra sleep and personal time. My next day's workout is so much better! I have not taken a full week off, but if you have been exercising very heavily and you plan to keep walking, you will maintain your results and I bet your body will recover well.

Here is a link to a women's health article that details how you should exercise each season to stay in shape and look your best at the right times.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 12:55 PM

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this is a question I have been asking myself and looking around for an answer- how much exercise is too much? At what point do I get a maximum benefit for my health from running for example- and what is the most one should do at one time?

Thursday, November 22, 2007, 8:58 PM

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